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  • Objectives
    About the MSc Applied Child Psychology course

    The MSc in Applied Child Psychology looks at the advanced study of psychological development with regard to children and adolescents. It focuses on the implications of psychological theory and research for policy and practice across a range of applied settings, for example, education, clinical and social contexts. It will provide an in-depth and critical evaluation of current theory and practice in relation to different areas of child psychology, alongside advanced training in research methods.
  • Entry requirements
    You will need an undergraduate degree (minimum 2.1) in Psychology, or an allied discipline (supported by relevant experience of working with children) or other recognised equivalent qualification. Allied disciplines include childhood studies, education and speech or language therapy.

    Applicants without such qualifications will be considered but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences would enable them to study this course at HE M Level in their Personal Statement.

    English language requirements for international students are the IELTS 6.5 (min writing score 6.0)/TOEFL 560 (min writing score 5) or the TOEFL iBT 83 (min writing score 24).
  • Course description

    MSc Applied Child Psychology course content

    Indicative core modules include:

    • Child in Context: Understanding Disability
    • Social and Cognitive Development in Children
    • Clinical Aspects of Behavioural Disorders
    • Understanding Atypical Child Development
    • Observational Methods
    • Advanced Experimentation and Statistics
    • Specialist Essay
    • Empirical Project

    Study and support
    The course will be delivered through a combination of methods including taught modules; lectures; interactive workshops; small group teaching and individual project supervision (MSc only). There will also be an expectation that students will engage in independent study during the course. All staff teaching on the course is research-active in their field of interest which includes members from the Communication for Inclusion Research Unit (CIRU) and the Specific Language Impairment Research Unit (SLIRU). Students will also have access to the extensive new facilities within the Division of Psychology and the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

    A balanced range of assessments will be used to assess students on a modular basis including: coursework, essays, examinations, presentations, and an independent research project.

    Psychology resources and facilities
    The University has made significant financial investment in the Psychology Division over recent years upgrading accommodation, facilities and equipment used exclusively for the provision of our psychology courses and for research. We have a state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching laboratory suite opened in 2006, and a further phase of development, opened in 2007, includes a second teaching laboratory specifically catering for postgraduate students.

    In addition there are specialist suites dedicated to particular areas of interest in psychology, including:

    • social interaction, group work and interviewing
    • computer gaming and cyberpsychology
    • eye-tracking
    • cognitive modelling and visual analysis 
    • psychophysiology. 

    Alongside these are new flexible cubicles for student project work, a psychometric test bank library, and a technical workshop.

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